I value my independence, but my future experiences would exponentially improve with a empathetic, playful, curious man beside me. My needs are simple but important. You believe in "the kindness of strangers"; you take care of yourself; you read; good food matters; you are open, honest, and mindful. You don't mind my occasionally bathing with all my clothes on.
I've been fortunate. I'm close to my family, and we're all still here, healthy and hopeful and interested in each other--with some dysfunction thrown in for good measure. I like nice things, like everyone else, but I'm a teacher. No materialist here. I'll drive my car till it's ready to be put out to pasture. I'd' much sooner spend my money on food or travel, not stuff.
Exploring, creativity, and traveling are essential pieces of any relationship I will have. That doesn't mean I only connect with people whose professions are in the arts. I am an equal opportunist. Many things fascinate me. How else am I going to see the world? I can't live any other life than the one I've made for myself, and, though I have some ambitions, such as publishing my YA novel, teaching is the career for me. I'm very okay with that, too. I love being in nature, whatever that means. (Hiking is a must.)
If you are bothering to read this, you probably already know what you like. I'm not for everyone. But, I'm a giving and passionate person who believes myself to be a work in progress. I love the vulnerability that comes with a close relationship. There's always a risk, but sometimes that risk pays off in tremendous dividends.